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A while back I posted here looking for recommendations regarding which optical slave to use. I ended up using a Nikon SU-4. It worked fine but all the other flashes in the room (wedding reception. Please don't flame me. I still had my on-camera flash!) were triggering mine. As a result, many of the (secondary) flash exposures were unacceptable because the flash hadn't recycled quickly enough when I took my picture. So I tried another set-up. This time it was an IR slave. A Wein Pro-Sync. In the past, this IR slave has worked well with studio lights. Anyway, here ...

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    Default Which flash slave to use?

    A while back I posted here looking for recommendations regarding which
    optical slave to use. I ended up using a Nikon SU-4. It worked fine but all
    the other flashes in the room (wedding reception. Please don't flame me. I
    still had my on-camera flash!) were triggering mine. As a result, many of
    the (secondary) flash exposures were unacceptable because the flash hadn't
    recycled quickly enough when I took my picture. So I tried another set-up.
    This time it was an IR slave. A Wein Pro-Sync. In the past, this IR slave
    has worked well with studio lights. Anyway, here is the exact rig I am
    using: An F5 or F100 on a Stroboframe Press-T bracket, an SC-17 cord and an
    SB-28. The other day I added a Nikon AS-E900 (from my Cool-Pix 995) to
    trigger the IR slave transmitter. The AS-E900s cord is inserted into the
    port on the SC-17, so the AS-E900 and transmitter are last in line. This rig
    tested perfectly at home. Many times with no "line of sight". So I tried it
    at a wedding this past weekend. It didn't work well. Maybe half of the time.
    Even when I pointed the transmitter directly at the receiver from 20 feet
    away, it didn't always fire the slaved flash (Vivitar 285. Not a HV model).
    I tried the 285 in "Auto" modes and manual. It didn't seem to make any
    difference. A little later on when I got a short break, I tried switching
    the SC-17 and AS-E900 (now the SC-17 is last in line) and very quickly
    tested. It seemed to work better but I really couldn't test further. I can't
    see how reversing the cords can make any difference. What am I missing here?
    Thanks in advance for any and all insight.

    Chris


    Chris Wakeen Guest

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    Default Re: Which flash slave to use?

    You need to look into a radio system.

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    "Chris Wakeen" <cwakeenwakeenphotography.com> wrote in message
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    > A while back I posted here looking for recommendations regarding which
    > optical slave to use. I ended up using a Nikon SU-4. It worked fine but
    all
    > the other flashes in the room (wedding reception. Please don't flame me. I
    > still had my on-camera flash!) were triggering mine. As a result, many of
    > the (secondary) flash exposures were unacceptable because the flash hadn't
    > recycled quickly enough when I took my picture. So I tried another set-up.
    > This time it was an IR slave. A Wein Pro-Sync. In the past, this IR slave
    > has worked well with studio lights. Anyway, here is the exact rig I am
    > using: An F5 or F100 on a Stroboframe Press-T bracket, an SC-17 cord and
    an
    > SB-28. The other day I added a Nikon AS-E900 (from my Cool-Pix 995) to
    > trigger the IR slave transmitter. The AS-E900s cord is inserted into the
    > port on the SC-17, so the AS-E900 and transmitter are last in line. This
    rig
    > tested perfectly at home. Many times with no "line of sight". So I tried
    it
    > at a wedding this past weekend. It didn't work well. Maybe half of the
    time.
    > Even when I pointed the transmitter directly at the receiver from 20 feet
    > away, it didn't always fire the slaved flash (Vivitar 285. Not a HV
    model).
    > I tried the 285 in "Auto" modes and manual. It didn't seem to make any
    > difference. A little later on when I got a short break, I tried switching
    > the SC-17 and AS-E900 (now the SC-17 is last in line) and very quickly
    > tested. It seemed to work better but I really couldn't test further. I
    can't
    > see how reversing the cords can make any difference. What am I missing
    here?
    > Thanks in advance for any and all insight.
    >
    > Chris
    >
    >

    StillMan Guest

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